"There are two Affordable Care Acts. There's the legislation passed by Congress in 2009, and then there's the mythical Affordable Care Act – the perfidious 'government takeover' decried and demagogued by so many conservatives (and quite a few liberals). The former is quite popular, the latter gets decidedly mixed reviews."
Overview of Individual Mandate
This piece provides a brief look at the components of an individual mandate in regards to health care. According to this piece, "[o]ne impetus for individual mandates is to increase enrollment of younger, healthier people into insurance pools in order to spread the risk of high expenses across a large number of people." This article also explains the experiences that states and other nations have had with an individual mandate.
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